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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $63.00
  • February 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91247-0
  • 3192 pages
  • Volume(s): 1 / Middle Ages:Restoration and Eighteenth Century
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

The Norton Anthology of English Literature

Ninth Edition


Volume(s): 1

Stephen Greenblatt (General Editor, Harvard University), Carol T. Christ (Editor, Smith College), Alfred David (Editor, Indiana University), Barbara K. Lewalski (Editor, Harvard University), Lawrence Lipking (Editor, Northwestern University), George M. Logan (Editor, Queen's University), Deidre Shauna Lynch (Editor, University of Toronto), Katharine Eisaman Maus (Editor, University of Virginia), James Noggle (Editor, Wellesley College), Jahan Ramazani (Editor, University of Virginia), Catherine Robson (Editor, New York University), James Simpson (Editor, Harvard University), Jon Stallworthy (Editor, Oxford University), Jack Stillinger (Editor, University of Illinois), M. H. Abrams (By, Founded by, General Editor, Emeritus, Cornell University)


The most-trusted literature anthology of all time, now in its 50th year.

The Ninth Edition offers more complete works and more teachable groupings than ever before, the apparatus you trust, and a new, free Supplemental Ebook with more than 1,000 additional texts. Read by more than 8 million students, The Norton Anthology of English Literature sets the standard and remains an unmatched value.

The Norton Anthology of English Literature is now available as an interactive ebook, at just a fraction of the print price. 


More complete works by major writers

New longer texts include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in Simon Armitage’s vibrant new translation (specially revised for the Norton Anthology), Sidney’s Defense of Poesy, Wycherley’s The Country Wife (new to the Supplemental Ebook), Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (exclusive to Norton).

New, more teachable clusters

The Ninth Edition introduces entirely new print and ebook clusters: “Romance” (Middle Ages); “Renaissance Love and Desire” (Sixteenth Century); “Low People and High People” (Eighteenth Century); “The Slave Trade and the Literature of Abolition” (Romantic Era); “Pre-Raphaelitism” (Victorian Age); and more.

New contemporary prose writers

The Ninth Edition gives fresh attention to global fiction in English with the addition of these much-requested writers: Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Hanif Kureishi, Zadie Smith, and Kiran Desai.

The apparatus you trust

Norton Anthologies set the standard for editorial help that is right for undergraduate readers. In the Ninth Edition, all apparatus has been freshly considered and updated—period introductions and headnotes, annotations and glosses, bibliographies, appendixes, and maps—with the goal of making these aids to reading and understanding as helpful as possible. Instructors will especially welcome the glossary, “Literary Terminology,” which has been extensively reworked to be more intuitive and helpful for undergraduates.

Visually rich and dynamic

Over 120 new black-and-white illustrations and 75 color plates (12 new) enrich and contextualize the selections in the book. In addition, black-and-white engravings and illustrations by Hogarth, Blake, Gillray, and Rossetti provide examples of the hybrid art of the “visual narrative.” The new edition boasts a fresh, more modern display font and period-opener design that subtly refreshes the look of the page, while retaining its readability.

NEW! Free Supplemental Ebook

Over 1,000 additional texts, including dozens of “Web exclusives,” are available in a free Supplemental Ebook, accessed via the registration code printed on the inside cover of each copy of the anthology. The Supplemental Ebook is easy to search, highlight, annotate, and print.

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